Russia+Larry=Firearms History Gold!
Larry recently completed a trip to Russia to study some of the firearms that have shaped their history from WWII to modern times. Here are a few photos and info from his latest newsletter for you to enjoy.
The AEK-971 was a pleasant surprise; very controllable in short bursts. This no doubt was due to the counter recoiling internal mechanism and the muzzle brake. Fire selector is better than a standard AK setup but still sub par. Forearm got hot just like an AK (or worse) but overall the rifle is relatively light and handled and shot well; a pleasant surprise.
Arsenal Firearms Miniatures
At the world class Object indoor shooting club in Moscow we live fired various Arsenal Firearms miniatures – 1/2 scale firearms included amongst others the 1911, M9, Desert Eagle and of course the AKM with functional suppressor and grenade launcher.
Original AK-46 Prototype
Here I am holding the AK46, pre-production prototype Kalashnikov, this weapon was personally presented to Stalin at that time for his inspection.
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